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  • Catholic or not?

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    15 posts, 13 voices, 1000 views, started Jul 8, 2010

    Posted on Thursday, July 8, 2010 by Cheekymonkey




    • Being raised Catholic and having all the basic beliefs in you and you slowly faded away from services but attended on holy days. When asked your religion you automatically said Catholic, but something was missing. Then you attend a Methodist church and your family feels wonderful and your child goes to Bible study and youth, and you feel whole but still have some of those core beliefs. Are you still Catholic or are you now Methodist?

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          Veggie wrote Jul 8, 2010
        • Only you can decide...

          With anything, for me, it’s what effort have YOU put into it not what has ‘it’ done for you.

          I am not a practicing Catholic like my grandmother was, but the belief in something other than myself as ‘god’ has done right by me.

          My mother was (I believe) a Protestant.  She died when I was 7 but I do have memories of going to Sunday classes.  Not sure if its a cherished memory because of her or the classes but I value them anyway.

          I’ve heard many speak of a punishing God and a lot of negativity, but I truly can’t say I have any.  I wouldn’t want to be obsessive about any religion, but my biggest gripe about my family is that the extent of their ‘holy roller-ing’ was making you go to church on Sunday & going to confession.  I don’t feel they put enough of their heart & soul into what they were ‘trying’ to pass on to us kids.

          It’s kind of like I saw them as lazy & hypocritical.  Do what I say not what I do heartbreak  Practice what you preach or keep it to yourself is what I say.  Be an example!

          I’ve always been of the thought, ‘don’t preach to me what you yourself are not practicing to the best of your ability and don’t try to push your beliefs on me‘.  I don’t expect perfection but making an effort in thought, word & deed is the example I wish to strive for.

          That has nothing to do with any religion, it has to do with the individual people.

          Today being in a recovery program, I believe there is a God and I’m not it!  It has also allowed me to create the ‘God’ of my choosing and call it whatever I choose.  Just because of my upbringing I do choose ‘God’ but to each his own.

          As adults, we need to investigate and fill in ‘what’s missing’ for ourselves.

          There is no right or wrong as long as it’s positive.



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          MaryAnne Carrier-Harrison wrote Jul 8, 2010
        • Like all things in your life-you will need to decide for your self and family what is right for you.  

          I was baptized Catholic and so was my Daughter I consider myself Catholic but I have never looked into other Religions so what is right for me is what I know. My family have been Catholic for generations, we all get married Catholic and we all get our children baptized Catholic. I’m not even sure if its not just tradition for us.worried

          What ever you decide the right choice will be the one that makes you happy!happy

          God Blessestatic  

          MaryAnne



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          Mary Clark wrote Jul 8, 2010
        • I truly believe that being a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian etc....is a matter of rituals within that church.  Some are more formal than others...and some have different views and beliefs.  But among those mentioned and a few others...I feel we all basically believe in God and for the most part Jesus Christ.  It’s really in “how” you worship Him.  I am a member of a church that technically we are “southern Baptist” but a lot of people think we are non-denominational.  We don’t focus on the rituals of a church but more spreading His gospel.  We are a contemporary church with a band...we don’t have a choir...we don’t have sunday school every Sunday morning but we do have journey teams.  These are small groups that meet within our homes.  You have journey team leaders and you go to whatever journey team you feel comfortable.  This is very different from the traditional baptist church I grew up in.  For years I attended the church that I grew up in was in Baptized in, married in...etc. but never felt like I was being fed or that I fit in.  Finally I realized I was going to this church and getting nothing out of it....and staying because I thought I was attached.  Well I wasn’t.  When I started at my new church and initally got over the differences...I knew then I made the right choice for ME.  

          God doesn’t care if you are dressed up when you come to worhsip Him...he’s just glad you‘re there.  I believe it’s not about the rituals you do in a service but that you BELIEVE and try to live as Christ-like as you possibly can.  

          I prefer to call myself a “Christ follower” instead of a certain faith.



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          Linni wrote Jul 8, 2010
        • heartWell said Mary!  

          i agree! heart



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          Cheekymonkey wrote Jul 8, 2010
        • heart thank you ladies. so, for now I think I will be happy knowing my family enjoys going to service and my daughter likes learning the teachings of God.
          My daughter is one of the kindest souls I’ve ever seen and if I may I’d like to use christ follower.
          While I don’t believe I have to confession to anyone but God for forgiveness I do miss being at service. So,since our spiritual needs are being fullfilled and our family is being strengthen we’ll stay at the Methodist church. I guess part of me will be Catholic forever but all of me believes in God our father .
          Thank you for all your wisdom ladies.



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          Mztracy wrote Jul 8, 2010
        • It is all about you and your relationship with your God! What is in your heart! heart



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          Max0125 wrote Jul 8, 2010
        • I love all of the positive responses!



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          Cheekymonkey wrote Jul 17, 2010
        • heart faith is faith, my grandmother told me that once when I asked if our God was the best. I was 5 at the time. That same week (please remember I grew up in a small town in Montana ) when we were at church there was a visitor and he was from Africa. Keeping in mind I had never seen a black person before (and I was 5) I asked him if he was a burnt Irishman? Oh if the earth could have opened up my grandmother would have jumped in for I kept on going with the question of is his faith like ours? And does God have a beard in his pictures at his church?
          Well,I didn’t understand why he would laugh and say the same thing my grandmother had. “Faith is faith “.that was very flustrating then and can be sometimes today.
          It means to me that faith is bigger than us. No matter the different beliefs within faith, faith is the same. Something bigger than ourselves.
          I guess this comes back to me now and I understand it better for as I struggled with a core name (Catholic or Methodist ) my faith was the same.
          Faith is faith. Thank you grandmother.



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          Diane17 wrote Sep 22, 2010
        • Hi, I’ve had an experience similar to yours.  I was raised Catholic and even went to Catholic schools all my life until college.  I always went to church every Sunday even though my husband did not go with me.  Yet there are certain things I didn’t agree with that the Church teaches and I started feeling like a hypocrite.

          In October 2008, we moved out to the country and the Catholic Church was like 25 minutes away and the Methodist church was only 5 minutes away.  I started going there and I really liked it and I started enjoying going to church again.  My family also goes with me now and I really feel like I“m part of the community.

          Most people that know me know that I was raised Catholic but I have told most of my friends and family that I am attending a Methodist church.  Who knows?  I might even convert someday.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Sep 22, 2010
        • I am totally Catholic because through Catholic faith, God has saved me through my many hardships and trials.  I respect everyone’s belief but deep done in my bone and blood, I know I have chosen the right religion.  

          God bless you all.



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          Kathy Holmes wrote Sep 24, 2010
        • I grew up as a third generation Jehovah’s Witness but am now Catholic - and I love it. It’s been quite a spiritual journey. One of my favorite shows is called “The Journey Home” about those who convert or revert to the Catholic faith. The interesting part is hearing about people’s spiritual journeys - all different - sometimes the same - all fascinating.



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          Kmarie wrote Sep 24, 2010
        • My Mother had a similar expereince, one day the answer came from my childhood methodist sunday school book, it expressed something she did not agree with and we went back to mass. It is importnant to feel apart of a community, it is iomportant to enjoy your worship expereince, but it is important to express what you beleive. It is a hard place to be in. You have to do what feels right for you and trust that you are where you were meant to be



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